Every home has one. And chances are when you need one, you simple grab it and start to use it without really thinking much about it. I’m talking about the common household plunger. Whether the water in your sink simply won’t go down, or a flush of your toilet makes the water rise instead of head down the drain, the plunger is designed to make everything move in the right way.

But do you have the right plunger for the job? And do you know how to use the plunger in the correct manner for every situation?

how to use a plunger to unclog your toilet sink or tub How To Use A Plunger To Unclog Your Toilet, Sink or Tub

General Tips:

  • Start with the right plunger for the job. There are two types of plungers on the market today: the cup plunger and the flange plunger. The cup plunger – probably the most familiar – is the best choice for sinks, bathtubs and showers. The flange type provides an extended rubber lip that provides a better seal when working on toilets.
  • Make sure your plunger is in top shape. A plunger is something you buy once and leave in storage until you need it. Yet that sitting around time can be hard on it. Any tears, cracks or damage can take away from the proper shape, meaning the vacuum seal is reduced when in use. If you notice any cracks or tears, its time to replace.
  • Never use a plunger after pouring chemicals down the drain. Some of the harshest chemicals in our lives are in drain cleaning solutions. If you plunge after use, you risk pulling chemicals back up and splashing them not only around the surface, but also back on you, your skin and your clothing.
  • Too much water can cause a big mess and reduce the effectiveness. If your tub or sink has several inches of standing water, remove some of the water first to gain better access to the drain. It will also give you more leverage to plunge easier.
  • Make sure you have a tight seal. Make sure you have full contact with the sink, tub or toilet and cover the hole completely. This allows a full air stream to work on its targeted location.

Sink, Tub or Shower:

  • Use a standard cup plunger.
  • Cover up the overflow drain with a wet rag or cloth to give you more traction.
  • Seal the plunger cup completely over the drain opening.
  • Push up and down with forceful thrusts. Repeat for 15 to 20 seconds before checking flow.

Toilet:

  • Use the flange plunger.
  • If the bowl is full, remove water until it is half full. If it is empty, fill with water so it is half full.
  • Place the plunger in the bowl and completely cover the drain opening.
  • Push down with forceful thrusts to concentrate the pressure for 15 to 20 seconds before checking flow.
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In January of 2014, the Lead Free Law went into effect. This new law requires that every plumbing fitting, fixture, pipe and valve that is used to convey water for potable use contain less than 0.25 percent lead by weight. This law was written to ensure that our drinking water is as clean as possible, and comes as lead-free as we possibly can make it.

As a green plumbing company here in the Denver Metro area, we take water seriously. Which is why our job is to help you understand all the impacts this new law has, and how it directly applies to you. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we have about lead free plumbing.

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Who does this Lead Free Law apply to?

This is a national law that effects all 50 US states, and also to Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

How is the Lead Free Law implemented?

The law has been implemented by the EPA, with enforcement of the law given to each of the individual states and territories.

What does the law mandate?

The Lead Free legislation reduces the permissible levels of lead allowed in the wetted surfaces of fittings, fixtures, pipes and valves. That means any plumbing fittings that come in contact with potable water can not contain more than 0.25 percent lead. Products that meet this standard are referred to as lead free.

Why was this new law created?

Individual states began petitioning and creating state laws to protect their citizens. First states to reduce standards for lead in potable water systems were California and Vermont, with laws in effect in 2010. As these laws grew and expanded to other states, the need was quickly transferred to a national level, with full implementation at the beginning of 2014.

How does this law effect me?

As a residential homeowner, the law will impact any service provider you hire to do any maintenance, repair or remodel project within your home. It is illegal to sell or install any plumbing component that connects with your potable water supply if it doesn’t meet the new standards. That means a plumber that uses old or outdated fixtures or fittings will be performing illegal work in your home. And if they are caught, they will face fines or lawsuits, plus the requirement to replace all non-compliant products so they are up to code. As a homeowner, you risk further lead exposure through these non-compliant parts.

To protect yourself and receive the best service possible, always go with a reputable plumbing service company, and be sure to ask about their compliance with the Lead Free Law.

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How old your home determines the type of building materials used when the home was constructed. Different types of piping were used: plastic, copper, galvanized, Polybutylene, PVC, cpvc, polyethylene, etc.

Like other types of materials that were once considered safe, there are different types of piping used in your plumbing system that while once was the standard, now is considered anything but safe. The pipe known as Polybutylene piping falls into this category.

If your home or structure was built between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s, chances are polybutylene pipes were used. And because that was a relatively short while ago, chances are they still exist in your home.

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Polybutylene piping has an abnormally high rate of failure under many normal operating conditions that you use every day. Yet its usually very difficult to tell its failing until a major problem occurs.

Polybutylene piping is typically gray, black or blue. The gray piping is typically used inside a home, while the blue is used primarily for outside water supplies. Polybutylene piping tends to wear away from the inside out as it comes in contact with oxidants in the public water supply. The water supply is constantly running or sitting in the pipes, meaning the oxidants are continuously at work destroying the lining of the pipe. And because its working from the inside out, you’ll never see the problem until it materializes in the form of a leak or break.

When a polybutylene pipe begins to leak, it usually happens very fast. Its been weakened over years of abuse, and the entire pipe line becomes fragile in the process. Once one leak occurs, it usually multiplies rapidly, sending leaks and water throughout the system. Therefore many of the leaks may not be contained in one area of your home, they can quickly escalate and be found in many areas of your home.

The dangers of polybutylene piping are well known throughout the industry. So much so that the insurance industry has routinely started canceling or refusing policies for houses with recognized polybutylene problems. It can also be hard to market a house with polybutylene piping and will likely drop the value of the home on the marketplace.

If you think you have a home where polybutylene piping was used, the best way to find out the condition of your plumbing system is to schedule a detailed plumbing inspection of your property, and find out what condition it is in. Call us today.

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If you have an older home, you probably love it for all of its quirks and originality. They often have large trees, beautiful landscaping, and a non-cookie cutter feel.

Yet for all we love about our older homes, sometimes a few things happen that make us question whether it would be easier to sell it and move into something brand new.

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In many older homes, the original plumbing was set up with copper pipes. After time, copper pipes may begin to corrode and start to leak. This is where those tiny leaks you find can turn into large problems relatively quickly. Its also where you start seeing dollar signs flash before your eyes in anticipation of the repair costs soon to be on its way.

Instead of replacing all of the copper piping in your home, there may be another way. Epoxy pipe lining is a cost effective and very efficient alternative to replacing the pipe, and can fix the problem for an indefinite period of time.

The process is simple.

Your copper pipes are sandblasted from the inside out. The goal here is to clean out the crud and corrosion on the inside of the pipes as much as possible. From there, silica particles embedded in air are blown through the pipes.

Once the plumbing is determined to be clear from debris, epoxy liquid is blown down the pipes, and will be allowed to harden. It’s a very thin coating that hardens directly to the pipe itself, leaving it virtually the same diameter as it was before.

The hardening process will take a few hours, then will be ready to use once again. Epoxy is safe for drinking and bathing, and is considered food grade and can be used on the inside of cans.

Keep in mind that epoxy pipe lining is the perfect solution for pipes residing throughout your home, connecting to the fixtures you use most. Yet it cannot be used on certain piping, such as sewer pipes.

Have questions about your copper piping? Give us a call today. We can help you determine the condition of your current pipes, and the best course of action for you.

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One of the most destructive forces of nature. Just look to the flooding here in Colorado this past year for evidence. What starts out as a small trickle can quickly fill your glass with refreshing water. Let it run even more and it can quickly turn into a force that can cause severe damage throughout your home.

Slab leaks can happen to any home, no matter how old or how new your home is. A slab leak is often slow and steady. But when you add in the elements of deep freezes and thawing, what started out small can quickly grow into something larger, and that’s where the real problem begins.

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Slab leaks either exist on the pressure side of the plumbing, or on the drainage side. Most slab leaks on the pressure side occur in newer homes built in the last couple of decades. Most slab leaks on the drainage side occur in older homes where pipes have simply worn away. What can suggest you may have a slab leak? Many things, including:

  • High water or gas bills
  • A water heater that never turns off
  • A cold water faucet that delivers hot water
  • Floors that feel warm or begin to buckle
  • Sound of running water in the walls

You can find a slab leak in many places. Slab leaks can occur on the service line from the water meter to the shut off valve. They can occur on a cold water supply line to any fixture in your home. They can occur on the hot water line to any fixture using hot water. They can occur on any drain line, such as your dishwasher, shower or toilet.

A slab leak on the pressure side of plumbing usually can be found before too much damage occurs. You’ll usually hear or see the water, or notice an increase in your water bills. If you find it before the water seeps under the slab, clean up can be simple. If the water fills up the space beneath your slab, it may start seeping into your foundation, and if it can’t escape it will continue creeping along cracks and lines all over your home. This is where the real damage occurs.

Leaks on the drainage side can be much more hidden and take longer to find. They can leak for years without a visible sign. Over time, the affects will become apparent. Your foundation can begin to buckle. You may notice a foul smell as the foundation settles, exposing mold and mildew. To prevent the long term damage that can come from this problem, the only way to find it quickly is to have a plumber audit your drainage system on a regular basis to make sure all is running well.

If you suspect a water problem, no matter how big or small, your best line of defense is to get it checked early, and solve the problem before it becomes even bigger. Call us today.

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What can damage your home quicker than anything else? Water. While water is a natural part of our life, we drink it, consume it in many things, and live around it all the time, its also one of the most destructive forces in nature.

When water flows correctly, it is an asset in our lives. When it moves into a location where its not supposed to be, even the tiniest of flows can cause destructive problems not just at the source, but throughout our homes.

When you own a home, maintenance is a required part of the deal. From top to bottom, every thing in your home inside and out must be kept in optimum condition to make sure it works correctly. While skipping a year of painting a room may leave your room looking a little dingy for the timeframe, the overall impact will be minimal at best.

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Don’t try that with a water problem.

Imagine a tiny drip of water flowing from a pipe buried inside your wall. Its not a large flow of water, just a drip a few times an hour.

That drip puddles and accumulates, and eventually starts to flow. It can move along the pipe and wind up in different parts of your home. It can travel along baseboards and through the drywall. It can travel upstairs and down. It can impact your attic, your roof and even your foundation. And all of that can happen quicker than you think. Plus, if its behind the walls, it may happen quickly and without your knowledge.

Once the water travels and accumulates, that’s when the real damage occurs. It can cause mildew. It can cause mold. It can begin to soften the surrounding area, eventually causing rot.

Not only can all of this cause extensive damage to your home, it can also impact the health of you and your family just as quickly. Mold is extremely dangerous to our health, and can cause anything from allergic reactions, to lung damage, even death. In short, water can be deadly when left to its own device.

If you see a drip of water where it shouldn’t be, or find something a little odd in an area of your home that looks like it may be water damage, don’t delay. The sooner you solve the water problem, the quicker you can bring your home back to a healthy condition.

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For many people, the thought of converting an electric appliance to gas, changing your wood fireplace to gas, or installing a gas firepit or grill is at the top of your to-do list. Yet before you undergo a major change to your home that involves a gas line, there are a few things to consider first.

1. What is the benefit of using gas?

Natural gas appliances can be cheaper to run and more efficient to use. But you may incur upfront costs that can run into the thousands of dollars to make the replacement. To replace an electric appliance with a gas appliance, the gas line will need to be run from source to where the appliance is located. Because it is gas, only a certified plumber should work with the installation process to make sure it is done correctly. Also add in the costs of the new appliance to determine if this is the right upgrade for you.

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2. What maintenance should I be prepared for?

Because natural gas can be deadly, it should always be left to the professionals. Natural gas appliances, equipment and connectors should always be installed and used in accordance with manufacturers guidelines. You should also watch for any product recalls or hazardous situations that can occur with the items installed in your home.

If your home has been using natural gas for years, some older uncoated brass connectors can crack or break apart, causing a gas leak. Have a licensed plumber perform regular checks on your gas lines to make sure all is connected and operating correctly. Do not try and move appliances or check them yourself; even slight movement can cause complete failure of these connectors, putting your family at risk.

If you will be planning a project that involves digging, trenching, drilling or excavating, be sure to connect with the local authorities to have underground lines clearly marked before work begins.

3. What should I know about natural gas to protect my family?

Natural gas is colorless and odorless, yet can be deadly for human consumption. That is why all gas providers must add a harmless, non-toxic odorant to make it detectable should problems occur. It usually has a gassy smell that resembles rotten eggs. If you detect a strong smell, leave the premises immediately and call your local gas company for immediate service.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and potentially dangerous gas that is produced when fuel such as natural gas is burned without enough air for complete combustion. If inhaled, it can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, or even death. A carbon monoxide detector should be placed in every home, and in multiple locations if you have a large home.

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Have you ever turned on the faucet in your sink expecting a steady water flow, yet finding little more than a trickle? This is what is commonly known as low flow, or low water pressure.

At the first signs of low water pressure, there are things you can do to bring your water flow back to normal. But first, its important to understand the causes, as each has a potentially different way of fixing the problem.

 

Low flow can be caused by:

  • Debris or minerals in the water
  • Low pressure to the house
  • Pressure regulators
  • Water valves
  • Water leaks

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Over time, minerals and other debris can build up and clog your fixtures, such as faucets and showerheads. If you notice low flow only in one location, chances are this is your problem. Remove the fixture and thoroughly clean the head to see if this alleviates the low water pressure problem.

Low pressure to the house

If you have low water pressure throughout your home, it may be a problem with the main system attached to your home. You can buy a water pressure test gauge to test the water flow in your home. A result of 50 is on the low side, 60 is good, 80 or above is too strong.

If the city pressure isn’t good, you can choose to either increase the water pipe sizes inside your home, or use a pressure boost system to give your low water flow an extra boost.

Water valves

Valves move and turn, which mean they can on occasion move without the homeowner realizing it. Find your water main and test to make sure it is fully turned on, then retest the water flow to your fixtures. Sometimes the valve was installed without a full size passage, meaning it will not supply a full stream of water. A plumber can tell you if the valve isn’t a full size passage.

Water leaks

Over time, cracks or damage to the water system can occur just about anywhere. Once leaks begin, they fight for the flow of water. If low flow has slowly come on over time, be sure to look at all areas of your home, including basements, crawl spaces and around foundations. If you see traces of water, your problem may be a leak in the system.

Hiring a pro is always your best solution if you can’t determine the solution to your low flow problem quickly. A professional plumber knows where to look, what to test, and how to fix it correctly the first time.

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April is Safe Digging Month, and as the weather gets nicer, it’s the perfect time to get out and start making improvements to your yard. Before you dig, know where your plumbing, electric, and other underground cable are before you dig to put in new landscaping. – Get Info

April is also the start of the warm season here in Colorado, which means water consumption goes up tenfold as our landscaping breathes new life.spring fever plumbing tips for saving water Spring Fever – Plumbing Tips For Saving Water

Before you pull out the garden hose, think about the amount of water you use, and look for ways to conserve.

The easiest way is to start on the inside with the basics. Every water fixture in your home now has the ability to be more water friendly.

Low flow toilets can reduce the average flush from 3 to 5 gallons, down to a mere 1.6 gallons. Dual flush toilets can reduce it further, giving you the option of being able to flush with different levels of water, depending on what it going down the drain.

Low flow faucets can be installed in every room in your home. And if you normally leave the water run for a few minutes to warm up before using, consider a recirculating system that will give you instant hot water at any time.

If you haven’t replaced appliances in awhile, look for energy star rated products that can help with your overall efficiency. Make sure washers and dishwashers are full before running.

When heading outside, look to your irrigation method and conserve where possible. If you use a manual system, be careful about how long you leave the hose in each setting. For automatic systems, consider a rain detection system to avoid watering when your lawn is saturated.

When maintaining your landscaping, always cut your grass at the highest recommended height – longer grass means less chance of burning and a need for water. Don’t over fertilize and use pesticides only when necessary. And invest in Colorado landscaping – plants that are native to our area and don’t require a large amount of water to stay alive.

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One of the most important aspects of home maintenance, yet oftentimes overlooked, are sewer lines. Clogged sewer lines can lead to major repairs that can be extremely inconvenient and expensive. At its very early symptoms, find out if your sewer is clogged to avoid damage and repair costs. Here are a few tips on how to determine a clogged sewer:is your sewer clogged Is Your Sewer Clogged?

Plumbing facilities within the house such as faucets, drains, pipes, toilets, and tubs that are not functioning properly are clear signs that your main sewer line may be clogged. Observe how water drains in the bathroom sink. Run the faucet a few minutes and observe if water drain down smoothly. If water backs up from the sink hole or if water drains quite slowly, then it may be an indication of a clogged sewer.

A clear indication that the main sewer line of your house is clogged is when several plumbing features are not working properly. For instance, the bathtub draining slowly or the kitchen sink clogging up could be signs that the main sewer line is not working properly.

Another sign that the sewer is clogged is when water backs up in other plumbing facilities when you flush the toilet. For instance, water backing up in the shower drain or bathtub drain when flushing the toilet could mean that the sewer is clogged.

Drains that are installed in the ground may also have leaks or may be broken causing water to back up in indoor plumbing facilities. Determining where the sewer line is installed outside the house and investigating whether there are trees, obstructions, or leaks near the sewer line can help you determine a broken sewer line that needs repair. Broken sewer lines can also be determined if you observed a strange or foul odor coming from plumbing facilities inside and outside of the home.

Knowing how to tell if a sewer is clogged adds convenience to maintaining and running a household, it can also save plenty of time and money once these symptoms are detected earlier on.

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